daRosa docks

Phil daRosa
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By Julian Wise - July 12, 2007

Phil daRosa is on the move. The native singer-songwriter who has relocated to Northampton returns to the Island to perform at the Dock at Outerland with his live band. This performance comes in the midst of putting the finishing touches on his first solo album and gearing up for a promotional tour around New England and the Northeast in support of the disc.

For the past several years, daRosa has performed on the Island as part of the jam-groove outfit Bathtub Mary. This year he's embarked on a solo career as a singer/songwriter/guitarist. His nimble guitar playing and earthy, pensive lyrics have gained positive press in the Pioneer Valley. At Outerland, daRosa and his live band (Jeremy Milligan on drums, Jackson Smith on bass, Jeff Bujak on keyboards) will perform songs from his upcoming album. daRosa will donate a portion of his proceeds from the evening and pass a hat through the audience to support Emily Vanderhoop, an Island peer who was injured in a serious accident in Hawaii last week. The funds will help transport her to Mass General hospital.

"I want to promote the fact that people can come to the show and contribute to it and make a dent in the whole thing," Mr. daRosa says. "It's pretty bad news, but I figured it would be a great way for us to get the word out and make something good happen from it."

daRosa says hometown shows have a special feel to them. "It's kind of funny," he says. "I think I get more nervous about playing in front of a room full of familiar faces than I do with a room full of strangers. I'm really looking forward to seeing some people that I haven't seen in a while who will be coming to the show, and to share my music with all these folks who have been so close to me all over the years."

Mr. daRosa will return to Outerland September 7 for a CD release party. Until then, the Dock performance will be one of his few select summer shows before he disappears into the studio to labor over the album before its fall debut.

Phil daRosa, Sunday, July 15, at the Dock at Outerland, Airport Road, Edgartown. Tickets $10. For more information, call 508-693-1137 Pre-register: visit

Julian Wise is a contributing writer to The Times.